Friday, 18 November 2011

More zoomies wanted!

If all goes well we will be adding a number of moveable cameras over the next couple of months. Possible there will be a second cam at Djuma and it looks like we will add one or two waterhole cams in other exciting locations as well.

We had hoped these last would be running already, but red tape has proven quite sticky and has slowed the launch of these down.

As we do expect them fairly soon, and also in view of the holiday season that will soon be upon us, we'd like to bolster the zoomie numbers a bit so we can get the new ones trained before the rush starts.

If you are interested in helping out, have moderate computer skills and 10 hours/week available for zooming, drop me a note at zoomies@wildearth.tv with some info on your location, skills, time available and why you'd like to be a zoomie.

Everyone is welcome but we would particularly like to find more zoomies outside of North America to be better able to fill slots around the clock.

A number of you have contacted me already and I have your names, but feel free to resend your information now so I can have it all in one spot.

Thanks!

--Peter

Monday, 14 November 2011

Stopping of drives at Djuma at the end of November

As you might have seen from Djuma's most recent blog, they have had to decide to stop the Safaris at the end of this month. While this is obviously a sad moment for all involved, we respect Djuma's decision and know it was not an easy one to take as the safaris are in Jurie's and Pippa's blood as much as in yours and ours. I do wish to thank them both for having tried to keep them going, even if in the end it turned out to be for a short period only.

Now what does this mean for the future? Is this the definite end of WildEarth's safaris or of our close ties with Djuma? 'No' in both cases.

WildEarth and Djuma go back a long way and will keep working closely together in the future as well. We provide whatever support we can from our side to make it possible for Jurie to get his second 'roving' camera up and running. (This would be a similar set-up to the wild dog den we broadcast from some years ago.)

As for the safaris: We are certainly not giving up on them and are looking into how we can bring them back in the future. Exactly how and when, and whether once again from Djuma or from a new location, remains to be seen but we simply love them too much to just give up and let this be the final chapter and close the book.

--Peter